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Two laneways in Braddon have been given a colourful makeover, as In The City Canberra invest in street art with the assistance of the ACT Government.
Three teams of street artists were chosen to help enliven the wall next to Chez Frederic on Lonsdale Street, as well as a wall next to Knightsbridge Penthouse on Mort Street.
So, who are the artists behind this new makeover?
Kurt Laurenson and Byrd are well established Canberra based street artists that provide high quality mural artwork.
Both have been practicing artists and painters for the last 20 years. They have been produced mural art throughout Canberra for many years, creating artwork for the ACT Government, Actew AGL, In The City Canberra, The National Museum as well as community groups, private companies, sports organisations, offices, universities, schools and residential properties.
John Vukovic is a Melbourne grown, Canberra based independent artist specialising in aerosol art, bright colours, strong shapes, and stunning patterns that can be a challenge for your eyes to manage!
John teamed up with sixteen-year-old Canberra artist Faith Kerehona to produce their outstanding art piece. Faith’s work combines street art and fine arts in an aesthetic combination. She has worked on a number of street art projects throughout Canberra and will continue to leave a big impact on the City well into the future.
After starting out with stickers and paste-ups in Sydney, James Houlcroft or “Houl” as he is more commonly known began painting about seven years ago. He has worked on the Canberra scene for the past four years most commonly painting animals.
How does “Houl” balance his street artist alter-ego with his high school teacher day job? “I try to keep it hidden in the first year because of that stigma around it, but the kids are clever enough to use Google,” he said.
While he frequently gets commissions, and works on illustrations using inks and markers at home, he enjoys focusing on the full-time job he loves with art on the side.
Artist Dai Cameron is working on the Mort Street piece where Knightsbridge operates. Dai has worked on a wide range of commercial and private projects; his work is always focused on creating vibrant original installations.
Dai has exhibited numerous shows in Australia and China comprising of raw and digital works.
Want to see the artworks for yourself? Make sure you head to the laneways next to Chez Frederic and Knightsbridge Penthouse next time you’re in Braddon.